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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:05:00

Arkansas Supreme Court expedites same-sex marriage case

The Arkansas Supreme Court today granted plaintiffs' request to expedite its hearing of the appeal of Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling that struck down the Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 06:35:00

Lawsuit fails to stop Fayetteville election on civil rights ordinance

A woman who signed a petition calling for an election on the Fayetteville civil rights ordinance testified Wednesday that canvassers misled her about the content of the petition drive. She thought it was in support of the ordinance. But the lawsuit was in vain. A Fayetteville judge has cleared the way to the ballot for the effort to repeal the ordinance.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 15:06:00

Arkansas Supreme Court denies stay request on gay marriage case

The Arkansas Supreme Court this morning denied Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's motion to stay the case challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. The Court denied it without comment.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 10:05:00

Arkansas Supreme Court hears oral arguments on challenge to alcohol sales ballot iniative

Could a deadline extended because of the July 4 holiday trip up the ballot initiative for statewide alcohol sales? The Arkansas Supreme Court will decide.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 17:27:00

Voter ID hearing recap, video open line

A quick take: My quick take: Because the Court was hearing an appeal of Circuit Judge Tim Fox's May ruling, in which Fox limited the issue to a "facial" challenge — in other words, only to the question of whether the voter ID law violates Arkansas Constitution's limits on voter rules — today's oral arguments were relatively dull. They didn't get into any of the discriminatory effects of the law.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 08:46:00

Arkansas Supreme Court hears voter ID lawsuit

The Arkansas Supreme Court is scheduled to begin hearing oral arguments at 9 a.m. this morning in a lawsuit challenging the state's 2013 voter ID law.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 10:40:00

Beebe appoints retired Harrison judge as special justice in same-sex marriage case

Gov. Beebe has appointed Robert W. McCorkindale, a long time circuit judge in Boone County, as special justice in Nathaniel Smith, M.D. et al v. M. Kendall Wright et al., the appeal of Circuit Judge Chris Piazza's ruling that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 05:12:00

Collection of Crittenden County sales tax to fund now-bankrupt hospital enjoined

The Department of Finance and Administration yesterday announced that a sales tax enacted by voters in Crittenden County for “repairing, improving, renovating, equipping, operating and maintaining” Crittenden Regional Hospital will not be collected. CRH closed and filed for bankruptcy last month. The Crittenden County Circuit Court last Friday issued an order enjoining collection of the one percent county-wide sales tax.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014 - 15:19:00

Complaint: Senator Rapert talked with judges about marriage case

A complaint filed today with state judicial regulators alleges that Sen. Jason Rapert contacted multiple members of the Arkansas Supreme Court to talk about the pending lawsuit challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014 - 07:52:28

The Arkansas legislature moves to one-branch government domination

The Republican-majority legislature is moving in multiple ways to enhance and consolidate its already great power over the executive and judicial branches. A couple of constitutional amendments are particularly problematic.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 11:52:00

Nucor sues to stop Big River Steel plant in Mississippi County

Nucor Steel Arkansas and Nucor Yamato Steel, which operate steel mills near Blytheville, have filed suit in federal district court in Jonesboro to stop construction of the Big River Steel mill, an operation heavily subsidized by state and local tax money that's a venture by Nucor's former boss, John Correnti.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 13:32:00

Arguments filed to invalidate Arkansas Voter ID law

Plaintiffs today asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to uphold a lower court ruling that invalidated the 2013 voter ID law. They want a stay lifted so the law cannot be enforced for the November general election.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sunday, August 10, 2014 - 07:14:00

Appoint Arkansas judges? Nothing to see here

A remark by lame-duck Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on his belief that judges should be appointed rather than elected prompted articles on the issue today in both the Democrat-Gazette and at Stephens Media. Bottom line: Ain't going to happen.

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 07:23:00

Lawsuit challenges petitions for alcohol sales in Saline County

Three people have sued to challenge the certification of a retail alcohol sales question for the November ballot in Saline County.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 14:56:00

Justice delayed is Dustin McDaniel's idea of justice

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel continues his play to string out the challenge of Arkansas's same-sex marriage ban as long as possible.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 14:00:00

Maggio issues statement on removal from the bench

Mike Maggio issued a statement today following his agreement that he'd violated judicial ethics rules sufficiently to be removed from the bench. He said he'd always treated people fairly. The record gave cause to question that.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 10:02:00

The Kochs and their ilk work to take over courts, too

Money talks loudly in judicial races around the country. What's the point of Kochs controlling legislatures if they can't control court review of those laws as well?

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 07:01:00

Judge orders state to pay $69,000 as cost of abortion lawsuit

Federal Judge Susan Webber Wright has ordered the state of Arkansas to pay more than $69,000 in the lawsuit striking down the state's ban on most abortions at 12 weeks of pregnancy.

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Monday, June 2, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014 - 07:27:00

Briefing schedule set in Voter ID case

The record of the trial of the challenge of the Voter ID law was filed at the Arkansas Supreme Court last week and a briefing schedule was set.

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Sunday, May 11, 2014 - 20:31:00

Faulkner County: no marriage licenses for same sex couples on Monday

In a press release issued Sunday, Faulkner County attorney David Hogue says that the office of Faulkner County Clerk Melinda Reynolds will refuse to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples this week. According to the press release from Hogue, the basis of Reynolds' refusal is three-fold, including the question of whether Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza has the authority to strike down a statewide law.

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